Kin Ryu Judo Club


A Brief History of Judo


JUDO Was founded in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano, a Japanese educationalist.

He had trained in several Jiu-Jitsu schools, but these only taught unarmed combat.

Dr. Kano believed that if the dangerous techniques were removed, and a system devised to include a form of competition, this could be used in the Japanese education system to develop physical and mental improvement.


Dr. Kano founded The KODOKAN Judo Club in Tokyo and started with a few mats and nine pupils.


JUDO was brought to Europe by Gunji Koizumi, one of Dr. Kano's original students.

He founded The BUDOKWAI Judo Club in London in 1918.

The club is still a power in British JUDO long after the founder died.


The British JUDO Association (BJA) was founded in 1948.

The Association is recognised by the International JUDO Federation (IJF), the European JUDO Union (EJU) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), amongst others.


Kin Ryu's junior and senior players are members of the British Judo Association (BJA).


JUDO is now a full Olympic sport, and is practiced in almost every country in the world.


Dr. Kano formulated two mottoes which he considered to encapsulate the philosophy of JUDO:








A properly run DOJO (training hall) observes the rules outlined here.


The high grades should respect the low grades and the strong should respect the weak.


Dr. Kano envisaged JUDO as a physical activity which would develop good citizens.

This can only happen if the principles on which JUDO were founded are observed.